On Friday, the Detroit Tigers designated reliever Buck Farmer, who has been with the team since 2014, and today, we see another recent roster fixture sent to Toledo. The Detroit Tigers announced that Victor Reyes was sent to Triple-A Toledo to make room for Nomar Mazara.
Erasmo Ramírez, who was signed as a minor league free agent in the off-season, pitched in just two innings of work down in Toledo. Ramírez has had mulitple triples to the IL in the past few seasons. In 2018, he missed time due to a minor lat strain while in Seattle, and last season with the Mets, missed the end of the season due to a groin injury.
The Victor Reyes Era
This season, Reyes has struggled at the plate with a slash line of .143/.169/.238 with an OPS of .407. His K% rate is at a career-high 27.7% and his walk rate of 3.1% is the lowest since his Rule 5 season in 2018.
Normally, Reyes can hit fastballs. In 2019, he hit them at a .338/.287/.426 clip and in 2019, he went .298/.286/.394 but this season, he was hitting just .171/.228/.229 and a whiff% of 28.7. His power has never come to fruition as his ISO was below .100 this season but the number that stands out is his weighted runs created plus, (wRC+) which was 10.
Since spring training, Reyes has not been able to be consistent at the plate and even in the outfield where his defense has been somewhat serviceable, has been a minus 6.6 according to FanGraphs and his defensive runs saved (DRS) is at -4.
With all the struggles in the outfield, the Tigers needed to do something. They are dead last in fWAR and outside of Robbie Grossman (0.3) and Akil Baddoo (0.1) the rest of the outfield has had negative fWAR with Reyes at -0.7.
Victor Reyes is one of the most interesting topics among Tigers fans. Is he is a 4th outfielder? Is he a serviceable player? The answer to that question, for now, is that he is just another outfielder in Toledo.